Allderdice teams, Shady Side girls wrap up spots for high school fencing league playoffs

Monday, February 13, 2023 | 5:40 PM

The Shady Side Academy and Allderdice girls and the Allderdice boys all clinched playoff spots as the Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing League hosted matches Friday at Allderdice High School.

In the first round Friday, the top-ranked Allderdice boys beat Fox Chapel, 5-4, with sophomore Jake Burgos earning the winning team point in the match.

The Dragons then topped Shady Side Academy, 5-4, to improve to 7-1 overall. Shady Side Academy fell into a tie for second with Peters Township at 5-2.

Fox Chapel now is 3-2.

Burgos was 6-0 over Allderdice’s two matches, and he is 21-0 for the season.

Also on Friday, the Pine-Richland boys (4-3) kept pace for a playoff spot with a 5-4 win over North Allegheny (2-5). It was the Rams’ fourth win in a row.

On the girls side, Allderdice topped Fox Chapel (2-2) in the first round, 7-2, with seniors Grace Walsh and Sacha Miller helping close out the Foxes.

The highlight match of the night for the girls came in round two as three-time defending champion Shady Side Academy, led by the two-fencer team of seniors Emily Michaelsen and Anya Hammer, improved to 6-0 with a 5-4 win over previously undefeated Allderdice (5-1).

The North Allegheny girls (1-4) picked up their first win of the season with a 5-4 victory over Pine-Richland (1-5).

Competition resumes Friday back at Allderdice with Fox Chapel, North Allegheny, Aquinas Academy and Winchester Thurston in action with the host Dragons.

The playoffs, featuring the top four teams from the boys and girls divisions, will be at Allderdice on March 3.

Pittsburgh Interscholastic Fencing Association


Friday, Feb. 10


Allderdice 5, Shady Side Academy 4

Allderdice 5, Fox Chapel 4

Pine-Richland 5, North Allegheny 4


Shady Side Academy 5, Allderdice 4

Allderdice 7, Fox Chapel 2

North Allegheny 5, Pine-Richland 4


Through Friday, Feb. 10


Shady Side Academy, 6-0

Allderdice, 5-1

Peters Township, 3-2

Fox Chapel, 2-2

Mt. Lebanon, 2-5

Aquinas Academy, 1-2

North Allegheny, 1-4

Pine-Richland, 1-5


Allderdice, 7-1

Shady Side Academy, 5-2

Peters Township, 5-2

Pine-Richland, 4-3

Mt. Lebanon, 4-5

Fox Chapel, 3-2

Winchester Thurston, 3-2

North Allegheny, 2-5

Aquinas Academy, 1-3

Seton LaSalle, 0-9

Michael Love is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Michael by email at or via Twitter .

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